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LGBT Resource Center

Welcome Fall 2015 Students, Faculty, & Staff!

Our Mission:

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center at St. Cloud State University is dedicated to providing an inclusive and educational environment for all SCSU students, staff, faculty, alumni, allies, and the community at large.

We recognize that identities in our global community intersect with and impact our daily experiences of gender and sexuality with race, ethnicity, class, ability, age, culture, and all social systems.  We are committed to social justice as we foster student development and personal growth, and we cultivate an inclusive, open, and supportive community through education, collaboration, advocacy, and programming.

The LGBT Resource Center strives to promote full inclusion of LGBT persons and allies at SCSU and to eliminate homophobia and heterosexism on our campus and within our communities.

Safe Space Program

The Safe Space Program is a training presentation designed to educate persons who serve SCSU and build a network of allies across campus who are knowledgeable and supportive of the LGBT community.  The LGBT Resource Center is committed to creating programs and services that leave participants feeling empowered.  The Safe Space Program is designed to educate participants about queer identity/issues and strategies for creating safe, inclusive, and supportive environments for all.

Register for a Safe Space Training

Weekly Programs

This year the center is committed to promoting a healthy queer community on campus by empowering all students, faculty and staff through the lens of having a healthy mind, body and soul.  Check out our new weekly programs!

Meditation Mondays 

9:09AM Every Monday throughout the fall & spring semester that class is in session.

Start your week off in a place of wellness!  Join the LGBT Resource Center and friends at 9:09AM for a mindful meditation.  This year, the location of meditation will change from one month to the next so please check back for location updates.  The LGBT Resource Center is committed to creating programs and services that leave participants feeling empowered.  

Insight - Questioning Queer

The LGBT Resource Center is excited to announce a new reoccuring program for the 2015-2016 academic year.  "Insight," is a program designed to build community around accademic discourse and explore dialogue regarding queer issues on campus, the community, and society.  The program provides a forum for faculty, staff and students who are interested in queer issues, to meet with like-minded peers in order to present new ideas and challenge old ones.  

Topics for the discussions will be decided upon by the group throughout the school year.  Each month, the group will consider a different topic and members will be encouraged to educate themselves prior to the discussion in order to generate meaningful dialogue.  Participants will be encouraged to provide each other with academic articles, book suggestions, movies or other media/print which are relevant to the topic.  

Meetings are expected to be 1-2 hours long.  Specific Dates/Locations will be determined as we establish members' availability.  Projected meetings will be held in the months of September, October, November, February, March, and April.  

To get the ball rolling, the first topic to be discussed in September will be "Post-Closeted Culture."  Below is an excerpt fro mthe book, Straights: Heterosexuality in a Post-Closeted Culture: 

"Although straight identities are still normative, and the norm of heterosexuality remains structurally dominant in every institution - from the family and mass media to religion and the government - sexualities scholars nonetheless highlight the increasing visibility and growing inclusivity, although uneven and unequal, of gays and lesbians in everyday life and across the nation's major social institutions.  In post-closeted cultural contexts, straights can neither assume the invisibility of gays and lesbians, nor count on others to always assume their heterosexuality.  In this context, straights also cannot  assume that other straights are homophobic or intolerant of gays and lesbians." 

Are we increasingly becoming a post-closeted society?  What does that mean for queer identity formation and development?  What are the implications for heterosexual identity development?  Are we really living in a world where the "closet" may soon be unnecessary?  

If you are intersted in participating in this exciting and thought-provoking program, please email the LGBT Resource Center Graduate Assistant Peter Eischens eipe0601@stcloudstate.edu for more information.

Fabulous Friday

Each Friday from 12-1PM the LGBT Resource Center invites students and faculty/staff to join together over food.  Faculty/staff are encouraged to bring food, if they are able, to share with students and to enjoy conversation with one another and students who frequent the LGBT Resource Center.  Our goal is to build community intergenerationally over healthy food and great conversation.